Senior Players Championship

Whomever chose early October for the Consetellation Energy Senior Players Championship,  well done.  You can’t beat the weather for hoofing it up and down the hills at Baltimore Country Club, and with all the creaky knees on the Champions Tour (and the contingency of media following) it is greatly appreciated.

The scoring conditions however today, not quite as much.  After a bevy low numbers in round one the scores soared on Friday.  Bruce Fleisher said he was lucky yesterday after his round of 65 had him share the first round lead.  Today’s 75 for Bruce backs that up.  A little breezier and the course running fast had guys scrambling throughout.

Not though Ben Crenshaw.  Winless since his tearful Masters in 1995, Gentle Ben backed up a first round 67 with a Friday low 66.  That has him one shot clear of Fred Funk.  I asked Ben yesterday about what it would mean to end a 13 year drought.  At first he downplayed the significance, but then the competitive fires began to burn and you could see how badly he wants one more victory.  It will be a curious weekend as Crenshaw has never held the 36 hole lead at a Champions Tour Event.

Funk meanwhile has some unfinished business at BCC.  He played his way into the final threesome last year alongside Tom Watson and Loren Roberts only to see the Boss of the Moss earn his nickname.  Roberts blistered the front nine cruising to a six shot victory.  Funk said after today’s round that anything less than victory would be nothing short of a disappointment.


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